Reformation entails complete overhaul of existing system: Anwar

31-Oct-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Pakatan Harapan’s call for reformation of the administration following the 14th general Election must go beyond mere patching up of a current system that was based on the narrow-mindedness of the past administration.

In his maiden debate in the Dewan Rakyat today, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PH-PKR-Port Dickson) said that the unveiling of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) Mid-Term Review (MTR) marked the first time that prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had sought people’s help to carry out reformation.

Anwar, who used to be deputy prime minister and finance minister during Dr Mahathir’s first tenure in the 1990s, said the reformation would not succeed if there was no clear commitment from all stakeholders.

He said the process demanded huge commitments not only from the present leadership but also institutions like the judiciary, law enforcement and the Parliament.

He noted that this was important in light of the allegations of misappropriation of public funds, corruption, and abuse of power in the previous administration.

“The prime minister has pushed for the idea of change. In rebuilding the foundational institutions, previous assumptions about the old pillars in the institutions are not applicable anymore.

Anwar said the new generation sought electoral promises, job opportunities, affordable housing, and cheaper prices of goods; all of which needed to be tackled by the government.

“Therefore, I hope that the entire government machinery and the institutions can take the necessary steps, not only to show changes in the old system but also demonstrate how reformation can happen in the jurisprudence, judiciary, enforcement, and every government machinery, including ministries and departments,” he said.

Anwar, who made his return to Parliament via the October 13 Port Dickson by-election, said the government could not do this alone as it required contributions from the people through active participation.

He urged ministers and government departments to begin the process by ensuring that all machinery understand that the PM’s call was the call of the people who were unhappy with a broken system and desired a comprehensive change nationwide.

“The change sought (via 11MP MTR) is fundamental and substantive.

“It cannot happen via mere rhetoric by leaders including those in Pakatan Harapan, on the contrary it can only happen with true commitment by all leaders,” he said.

Anwar said in the implementation of 11MP MTR, the concerns and needs of the people regardless of race must not be ignored by using economic difficulties as an excuse.

“I urge the government, through the Budget (2019) that would be unveiled this Friday, to take into account all ideas so that the reformation being implemented is not mere rhetoric,” he said.


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